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    Subarno Sinha

    In its follow on iteration, Lockheed Martin MH-60R has higher chances of selection than NH-90NFH and Airbus H225M Naval Super Puma, although the Super Puma Naval is equally capable chopper. Romeo has defeated the NH-90 once in competitive bidding, plus since the NH-90 fleet of various countries are facing significant technical problems, I wouldn’t rate the chances of NH-90 too high.

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    ADS11

    I certainly agree this govt-to-govt order will be a massive relief to the IN who desperately need those airframes through the door yesterday if they could. That being said, surely this gives LockMart-Sikorsky a bit of a leg up in the remaining 123 helicopter order? Surely it would be rather stupid to eventually agree for a different platform for the rest of the order when the MH-60 was picked according to what I imagine would be the same criterion? Makes no sense having another disparate platform for maintenance.
    So with that being said, surely the priority now should be to get this current order rubber stamped and out the gate ASAP and then sitting down with them to ensure that the invariably more complicated and troublesome Strategic Partnership model is hashed out and India can have the requisite number of airframes for use across the entire IN fleet.

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